The Immigrant Academy Blog
Helpful resources and information for aspiring immigrants, new arrivals, and community building.
Americans love making small talk. They’re the masters at it. I know it doesn’t come easy to immigrants who are still getting used to this American culture. But with practice, you’ll get a hang of it. Also, you have to be mindful of the topics that are sensitive and borderline controversial. Over the years, I’ve kinda made a note of all the topics that make great small talk material which is both engaging and non-offensive.
Starting a conversation with a new person altogether doesn’t come easy to a lotta people. I had vocab and accent barriers when I started engaging with locals in the US. Then I also learnt that most Americans and raised to be vocal and confident and have no qualms walking up to a perfect stranger and starting a conversation. If it were me I would be rehearsing my lines in my head, sweating my palms and over-thinking my pronunciation(immigrant problems). So here I am, sharing my tried, tested and proven methods to freely make conversation in any setup with anyone.
In 2020 the term ‘Arranged Marriage’ started trending, thanks to the Netflix special ‘Indian Matchmaking’. Before this happened, I had the opportunity to chat with Erica Arsenault on her podcast called ‘The Rising’. In this podcast episode, I share my Arranged Marriage story and my first thoughts after I moved to America. /p>
When you were new to the USA, did you have a hard time figuring out the different accents, phrases, and meanings when the American locals spoke to you? I asked this question on my Instagram page and friends at Homeis out of curiosity. Because I sure can’t be the only one! Most South Asians who moved to the US have studied in English medium schools,
I have been wanting to get serious about getting back to eating healthy, shed the extra quarantine weight and increasing my energy, so I jumped at the chance to receive an advance copy of ‘Always Eat After 7 PM
The big difference between now and any epidemic in the past is that we have the power of the internet to communicate, learn, fuel, earn, and live. The goal now is to get ready for when the world resumes (and to make it in the meantime). Learning and upgrading your skills is the surefire way to not be left behind. Find your passion, learn your passion, get working on your passion. Are you interested in web marketing? Learn the ropes of SEO, PPC, Email Marketing
Now, I don’t know about you girl, but I was going crazy sitting at home not having a job and living off my husband’s paycheck.
Not everyone gets a work permit immediately, but at some point in time, when you get that opportunity, I want you to be fully prepared, equipped and ready to join the workforce. I scanned, researched and spoke to a lot of Desi Americans before I could decide my options of employability in the US.
This is my third year living in the US and I feel like the American life is getting on to me. I remember how I would crib about every lil thing when I was really new to the US and I missed everything about my home country. The people were not the same, American culture and etiquettes were different, it was difficult to make and even the Indian food tasted different! Three years later, I have greater appreciation for living in country that values the needs, wants and demands of their people.
If you’ve decided to make the move to America or you’re brand new to the west, read along. Consider these 7 basic comandaments to follow and keep in mind. I’ll keep adding more tips and tricks or you to feel at ease in the American land. Until then, follow these 7 rules and you should be set to get started 🙂